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Interview with Chris – Why Taiwan Surprised Him and Common English Mistakes You Should Avoid

I’m incredibly excited to have Chris Ternosky to the show!

Chris is an English teacher in Taiwan, and we got to know each other through a Facebook group. We became friends online, and since we were both teachers, we decided to record our conversation and share our experiences with you.

Is it weird to make friends online? You might be surprised. The world is connected more than ever with the help of the Internet, and not only could you make friends online, but you could also get a part-time job, hire an assistant, or even find the partner of your dreams on the internet!

I’ll show you how to find an English teacher online down below this post. For now, let me tell you a few things about our conversation.

Topics discussed in this session:

  • Chris’s background, and how he ended up in Taiwan
  • Two things that surprised Chris while he was in Taiwan
  • Three interesting things that happened to Josh when he was in Taiwan
  • Common English mistakes Taiwanese and Korean students make when they speak in English
  • Chris’s tips for learning English better and faster
  • How Chris develops himself

Today’s English Words

entrepreneurshipthe process of starting a business
Josh and Chris are interested in entrepreneurship. 

zero market valuenot useful in the job market
Philosophy major has a zero market value.

no one goes out of their way to help youto do more than necessary; to go above and beyond 
Americans are nice too, but not many people go out of their way to help you.  [click to read more…]

English Words That Describe Steve Jobs’ Personality


I’ve been reading Steve Job’s biography by Walter Isaacson lately. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now, so I finally got my hands on it. And it’s FANTASTIC. Isaacson writes in an engaging narrative style that makes you want to keep reading. I was immediately hooked to the book.

As you may already know, the founder of Apple was no ordinary man. He was brilliant, intense, prickly, and often times the way he treated his friends and employees was terrible. What made the revolution of personal computing possible for Jobs was perhaps in part due to his commitment to perfectionism and self-confidence. He is a fascinating character.

In today’s lesson, we’re going to learn English words and phrases that describe Steve Job’s personality.  [click to read more…]

How to Be Funny in English


Would you like to know how to be funny in English? When I say, “funny,” I don’t mean acting like a clown.

You want to be able to say something witty, so that you can make your friends laugh. When people think you’re funny, you can subtly show that you are smart. I’ll teach you how to make people laugh.

What Is Laughter?

There’s one thing to keep in mind before I teach you jokes or funny things to say to your friends. People laugh when the tension is broken.

When a shy girl goes up on the stage to give a speech, she might cover her mouth and chuckle. That’s because she is subconsciously trying to alleviate her nervousness.

The same thing goes for your everyday humor. People laugh to break the tension.

So when you think of making people laugh, you have to know (1) how to build tension, and (2) break the tension at the right time.

So here’s how to do them.

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Different Ways to Say “Annoying” in English


I went to see a ballet performance in Seoul a few weeks ago. I arrived a little early, so I decided to get something to eat before the show. I went to KFC and there were two lines at the counter. Naturally, I went to the shorter line.

There was an older lady in front of me who was taking a very long time to place an order. She was looking at the menu for more than 3 minutes. Then she asked a question about each item on the menu to the cashier. That probably took another 3 minutes. Then she orders two chicken burgers.

Just when she was about to take out her credit card to pay, she changed her mind and canceled the order. She told the cashier that she is changing the order and asked the cashier more questions about other burgers.

I looked to my left and saw that the other line was moving a lot faster.

I looked back at the lady in front of me. I was getting very impatient and frustrated. I wanted to tell her,


I think it took her about 10 minutes to finally make up her mind. She ordered a corn salad and coke.

She got on my nerves. And here are different ways to say “annoying” in English.

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Listen to Podcast to Improve Your English


Two weeks ago, I sent a short survey about what students loved about I got a TON of great responses! Some of you even sent me very encouraging words. Thank you!

Here’s a sneak peak of the survey results:


If you haven’t already, you can still take this survey right here:

Today, I have a bunch of mini video lessons for you. In this video, I explain why listening to podcast will help your English skills.

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